The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) will be offering training opportunities for recycling professionals at the organization’s upcoming SWANApalooza event in New Orleans in March. SWANA will be offering its three-day training course on managing recycling systems as a part of its larger Spring Training and Exam Center. The “Managing Recycling Systems” training course will be offered March 16-19, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The training course provides instruction on planning a recycling program, developing and researching recycling markets, collection systems for recyclable materials, processing of recyclables, planning an education and outreach program, establishing and managing contracts for recycling, funding the recycling program, applying end-user standards and quality requirements for recycled products and managing recycling programs to protect human health and the environment
The National Recycling Coalition is offering a free webinar featuring experts in the recycled paper and plastics industries who will provide an update focusing on the domestic and global recovered paper and plastics markets and emerging processing technologies. Registration for this free webinar is available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/116458666.
Earlier this week membership renewal notices went out to all current and recent past members (roughly those over the last 3 years) whose membership expired December 31, 2014, or earlier. If you have not received the renewal notice, please email us or call Mr. Reese Yontz at 601-961-5035. If you are not currently an MRC member, now is a great time to join! Go to https://www.msrecycles.org/joinmrc/ to select and complete the appropriate membership application.
Household hazardous waste (HHW) represents the single largest expense for many solid waste programs. In the first of four rural recycling focused webinars, the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) will introduce HHW program managers, contractors, and local government officials to manufacturer-funded take-back programs that help maximize environmental performance while minimizing costs on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM CST. The main focus will be on mercury containing thermostats, auto switches, and rechargeable batteries. There will also be some discussion on manufacturer-funded take-back programs for scrap tires which are often difficult and costly to handle even though not typical considered HHW. For more information or to register, please visit the PSI's website.
The Product Stewardship Institute has recently announced that they will be offering a four-part series of free webinars on rural recycling. These webinars, made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will address the following topics:
- Connecting Rural HHW Program Managers to Manufacturer-Funded Take-Back Programs (February 12, 2015)
- Product Take-Back Programs in Rural Areas and the Role of Retails (To be Determined)
- Paint Stewardship in Rural Areas (To be Determined)
- Carpet and Matress Collection Best Practices in Rural Areas (To be Determined)
These free webinars will provide useful information for states with or without EPR legislation and will be jam-packed with useful tips, helpful hints, and news you can use right in your own community. We will be posting more information on these events as we receive additional information.